Hit with Loss - Nick Gholson, Times Record News
The No. 1 team in the country was one run better than Midwestern State here Thursday night.
Time after time, freshman starter Whitney Toler kept the Mustangs from getting the clutch hit and then turned it over to bullpen ace Alex Lewis, who saved a 3-2 win for top-ranked Alabama-Huntsville in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Softball Championship.
The Chargers (46-5) stay in the winner's bracket and will play No. 2 North Georgia (53-10) at 10:30 a.m. (CDT) today. North Georgia advanced Thursday with a 9-4 win over No. 11 Indiana, Pa.
The No. 5 Mustangs (52-13) will play Indiana, Pa. in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m.(CDT) Saturday.
"I thought we were very loose coming in our first time around getting here, but I think we played a little tentative at first. Then we got fired up and played hard," MSU coach Brady Tigert said. "I am very proud of my kids. I know we are behind the eight ball right now, but I still think we can win it."
Tanner's ups, downs leave her with a loss - Nick Gholson, Times Record News
It was one of those good news-bad news evenings for Brittney Tanner.
The best news was the Midwestern State senior pitcher was named to two All-American teams on Thursday — first team on one and second team on another.
Tanner, at times, looked like a true All-American. Pitching against a team ranked No. 1 in the country, she had 11 strikeouts, including a three-K hat trick for Alabama-Huntsville leadoff hitter Kelli Long. She only gave up three hits, all singles.
The ace from Burkburnett also had an RBI double of her own and scored a run.
Now for the bad news.
Tanner hit two batters and made one fielding error that led to three Huntsville runs.
With no clutch hitting to back up the ace pitcher, the No. 5 Mustangs fell 3-2 to the top-ranked Chargers in this first-round game in the NCAA Division II Softball Championships.
"I feel like I shot myself in the foot," Tanner said.
Mustangs unable to overcome miscues, fall to Alabama-Huntsville - MSU Softball
Midwestern boasts three Daktronics All Americans - MSU Softball
Taylor Garners Daktronics All-America Accolades - ASU Softball
LeComte Named an All-American by NFCA and Daktronics - WTAM Softball
LSC Results Day One
Men Hammer Throw - Tyler Fleet, ACU - 9th
Men Long Jump - Ramon Sparks, ACU - 6th
Men Long Jump - Lavance Williams, ACU - 7th
Men Long Jump - Trevor Rogers, ASU - 9th
Men 10,000m - Amos Sang, ACU - 1st NATIONAL CHAMPION!!!
Women Long Jump - Elodie Barre', UIW - 7th
Men 4x100 relay - ACU - 1st (advance to finals)
Men 4x100 relay - TAMK - 7th (advance to finals)
Men 400m - Isidro Garcia, ASU - 16th
Men 400m Hurdles - Sergio Rios, TAMK - 4th (advance to finals)
Men 400m Hurdles - Brian Holik, ASU - 11th
Women 4x100 relay - UIW - 10th
Women 100m - Elodie Barre', UIW - 13th
Women 100m - Sydney Smith, ACU - 15th
Women 100m - Derekia Coleman, TSU - 17th
Women 100m - Tiffany Wilcox, ASU - 19th
Women 3,000m Steeplechase - Chloe Susset, ACU - 13th
ACU's Sang repeats as 10,000 champ at Division II championships - Garner Roberts, Special to the Abilene Reporter News
Abilene Christian University picked up 15 points Thursday in its attempt to win another NCAA Division II men's track and field championship, helped by Amos Sang's successful defense of his 10,000 meter title.
Competing in the last event of the day, the Wildcats' senior distance ace won at Warrior Stadium on the campus of California State-Stanislaus with a time of 29:10.
That gave ACU 15 points, one behind first-place Ashland University of Ohio.
ASU TRACK: ASU's Rogers 9th in long jump - San Angelo Standard Times
It wasn't quite the homecoming that Angelo State University's Trevor Rogers had envisioned.
Rogers, a native of nearby El Sobrante, Calif., squeaked into the finals and finished ninth in the long jump competition as the 2011 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships opened Thursday night.
Rogers, who entered the competition with the fourth-best long jump in the country, hit his longest mark on his second attempt of the evening — a leap of 23 feet, 9 inches that was just enough to earn three more attempts. Rogers had legal marks on the first two jumps of the final round, neither better than his previous jump, before scratching on his last.
"I can't even explain it," Rogers said after the event. "I didn't feel good on any of my jumps, honestly. I don't know what to say."
Rogers Ninth in Long Jump for Rams at Nationals - ASU Track
Rams and Belles Looking for Better Results on Day Two - ASU Track
Holik Wins Elite 88 Award for NCAA Division II Men's Track and Field - ASU Track
Sang cruises to national title - ACU Track
Wildcats poised to add to championship legacy - ACU Track
2011 NCAA DII T&F Championships - Day 1 - TAMK Track
Javelina Men Ready for Nationals- TAMK Track